So back in October…I think…we hosted a pie party. Seriously interesting results and definitely consumed a crazy amount of delicious pies. How did I come about this idea? Well, one of our friends named Travis makes homemade pumpkin pies (to die for) each year and delivers them to his family and friends around Canadian Thanksgiving week. His whole wheat crust is insane. Anyways for some reason I thought it would be interesting to have a Thanksgiving dinner by just having people bring one pie to the dinner and everyone having a slice. I suggested this to Travis to see what he thought about it for next year, since Thanksgiving was literally a few days away when this discussion took place. His response “why wait, screw Thanksgiving, let’s do it sooner. Love it!
So we planned a party encouraging party goers to come up with interesting pies that weren’t all dessert pies. We had a pretty good turn out. I can share the recipes that I made from Pinterest, but I only have the photo’s of other people’s pie. I’m sure you can google it and get some nice recipes. I made Asian Meat Pies, Apple Pie, Mini Mexican Pies, and my friend Jill came over and made Asparagus Quiche with Spaghetti Squash Crust.
Asian meat pies were delicious, peppery, and very filling. Don’t be scared off by the insane website, because I was definitely intimidated by the 20 page recipe I printed off to review. Turned out it was easier than what I initially thought it would be. (the website’s photo below)
Now my apple pie is just a standard apple pie. I don’t even follow recipes anymore when I make it. I just estimate how much cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, and butter to use. Usually anywhere between 6-8 apples depending on size and whatever apples are in the fridge. The closest recipe that I would compare to it is on the website below with my few additions to the recipe.
The Mini Mexican Pies are amazing bite size appetizers that are easy to make. I ended up having tons of filling leftovers to eat for a few days. We had some vegetarians attend so I made half regular tacos and half vegetarian tacos by substituting the beef for ground round. I made one adjustment to the recipe, just purely out of forgetting to buy it. I substituted the pine nuts for a can of chickpeas. They were a hit, and got demolished. My husband was looking for more the next day but there was only one for him to savour (photo from website).
Jill’s pie was unique because it was healthy, crustless, and could be considered a breakfast course as well. We polished off the leftovers for breakfast the next day, and I say it was a successful pie. It wasn’t to complicated to make, except for the part where we almost chopped off fingers trying to cut the huge spaghetti squash in half.
The other pies that partygoers brought were…
Chicken Pot Pie
I missed one picture of the rhubarb cheesecake pie that Katie made, but I assure you it was good and looked pretty.
The night was full of successful chefs and I am hopeful for an even better annual pie party this year. Everyone better start searching for the best recipe!